Tuesday, 19 January 2021

The bins have arrived

 Today has genuinely been the most exciting of 2021 so far. Our dustbins arrived while we were out walking!

At long, long last we can just walk out of the house and pop a bit of rubbish out for collection. How fantastic is this. I probably need one final trip to the tip to clear some big stuff out of the garage, but then we are all set. 

In other news, Darren has finished the balcony.... 

.... better photo to follow once the sun comes out. 

I have mixed the concrete for the foundations of the little walls in the front garden, and I just finished before it got dark and started to rain. 

Finally, I have been really looking forward to starting to grow seeds for the garden, and I found a packet that I could plant in January. It is called Aloe Polyphlla and the only country where they grow in the wild is Lesotho. Apparently they are very rare and the seeds often take many months to sprout. The packet had five seeds in, and if you really zoom this photo in you can see that I have two already.

Hopefully they will keep growing and I will add another photo once they are a bit/lot bigger. 

Sunday, 17 January 2021

Balcony progress

 We have now taken down the little shed and the front garden is opening up.

I am going to carry on with the little walls theme from the back garden, and did a count up today of the estimated number of bricks that I need.

I have been collecting bricks from the back garden by digging out some of the bricks around the grass and greenhouse ready to repurpose them at the front. I did a mini count up a couple of days ago and thought that I had enough, but thought that I should recheck my figures. 

I have set some bricks up in a rough design, and there is about 44 bricks in each row. I need a minimum of three rows, but some need to go up to six or seven. We are looking for about 150 bricks, but my brick pile had only 114 in it. 

I had quite a panic and had to start rethinking the whole design, when after about half an hour I suddenly realised that I had not included the 44 bricks that are already laid out! Panic over, I now have 155 bricks after all.

Fortunately Darren is much more on the ball and he spent the day putting up the glass balcony. 

He had to make a couple of emergency trips to Toolstation to collect drill bits and screws, but by the end of the day it was coming together. 

Hopefully tomorrow the glass can go in and all of the screws tightened up. 

Thursday, 14 January 2021

Finished driveway

The driveway is done! It looks great - the car is sitting on it and feeling very pleased with itself.

I went for a run in the rain this morning, and every time we open the front door it is so nice to not have to jump across bits of wood to get to the pavement.

The same can't be said yet for the front garden....... 

..... but the plants are all lined up and can't wait to be get in to the ground. First we just need to move the shed, put up a fence, build a little retaining wall, buy the topsoil, level it out, and then the plants can go in.